Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use. Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away? Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance? Over the next 21 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day eleven with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which overflow from a life of God’s goodness.
Choose Overflowing Words
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
Luke 6:45 (NIV)
What is your heart, mind, and soul filled with? How do you know? What types of words tend to flow the easiest from your mouth? Would your friends and family say you often use harsh words? Critical words? Angry words? Peaceful words? Loving words? Thoughtful words? Are you more likely to use words described in the chapters of this book or words that are opposite in nature? What would it take to change the words you use? How much effort will you put into doing so?
When something overflows, the thing that comes spilling out the top is representative of whatever is inside. The same is true of the things that overflow from our heart and spill out through our mouth. When I find that the words which flow from my mouth effortlessly are hurtful, angry words, then I know I need a heart check-up. As you pray, ask God to help you hear what kind of words overflow out of your heart and through your mouth. Pray that He would fill your heart with such good things that it is only good and beneficial words which overflow from your life. Pray that the people around you would be blessed by your godly words.